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Danish minister likens gay marriage to 'killer snails'

Former Danish minister uses the example of Iberian 'killer snails' to argue against gay marriage
What Birthe Rønn Hornbech might look like if she were a 'killer snail'
Photo montage by Scott Nunn

A Danish politician has compared gay marriage to 'killer snails' during a hearing on same-sex unions on Monday (14 May).

'Apart from the killer snail and a few other species, the world consists of males and females, and that is why the world still exists,' said Birthe Rønn Hornbech.

Danish minister of culture, Uffe Elbæk, posted the quote on his Facebook page and, in disbelief, urged people to read the bizarre remark 'one more time'.

Elbæk's Facebook followers were equally dumbfounded by Hornbech's views.

Commenting on Elbæk's post, Andreas Bergmann Steen slammed the comparison between gay marriage on the Iberian snail, which are known as killer snails in Denmark, as 'far-fetched'.

'People have gradually realized that when they cannot simply quote the Bible, there is no coherent argument for being against gay marriage,' he posted.

'I must admit that I find it difficult to believe that they themselves take their arguments seriously, it's just not really a sound position.'

Chili Djurhuus said the remark was 'completely outrageous' and wondered whether the homophobic politician could be convicted according to Paragraph 266B of the Penal Code, otherwise known as the racism paragraph, which includes discrimination based on sexual orientation.

While Klaus Bondam, former employment and integration mayor in Copenhagen, wrote, 'thank you for reminding us of the scary amount of homophobia that exists just beneath the nice polished Danish surface.'

Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex unions in 1989.

In March, 2012, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced the government would legalize gay marriage.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt says the government will introduce draft legislation this week to legalize same-sex marriages.

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